Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Day 14

Rout Cakes

A couple of years ago my daughter was invited to a Jane Austen party at a friend's house. How precocious can a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds be? Anyway, I promised that I would make something whilst they watched 'Pride and Prejudice' on DVD. Rout Cakes are mentioned in 'Emma' so I found the recipe and had a shot. They were all eaten so I guess they're okay. If you are planning a Jane Austen or a Regency party then these are must-have nibbles.


150g plain flour
Pinch of salt
50g butter (softened)
1 small egg
1/2 teaspoon rosewater
2 teaspoons of brandy/sherry
50g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon orange juice
25g currants


1. Heat the oven to 180C.

2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

3. Work in the butter to make a crumbly mixture.

4. Add the sugar and fruit and beat in.

5. Beat the egg and add.

6. Add the orange juice, rosewater and brandy/sherry.

7. Stir well and mix until the dough is smooth.

8. Place the mixture in small heaps, 2cm across, on a lightly greased baking sheet.

9. Bake for 16-18 minutes.

10. Cool on a wire rack.

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